Our Stories

Ambitious, curious and creative students who are eager to explore their academic options. Dedicated and compelling faculty who enjoy mentoring students. Successful alumni who explore what drives them to find their purpose.

Celebrating Two Decades of Learning

Like the typical Truman graduate, Derrick Rohr embraces learning new things with the energy of an incoming freshman. Today he wears many proverbial hats – husband, father, pastor and, for the last 20 years, college student.

Truman alumnus Paul Niehaus

Making Music Come to Life

Paul has been busy putting his own stamp on the music industry as a performer, producer, audio engineer and record label owner. Tapping into his extraordinary musical talents and the practical skills gained through a liberal arts education, Paul used his understanding of the complex nature of the music world to build a successful career path.


Life is Art

“I’m attracted to both fibers and ceramics because as a discipline they both started as purely functional objects. There is no practical reason for people to add decoration to the surface of a pot or intricately sew patterns into cloth, and yet we do.”

John along with friends at the Muny

Combining a Practical Side with a Creative Side

Spending summer nights at the Muny Theater in St. Louis, John O’Brien became fascinated with how a theatre production comes together. That experience, combined with Truman’s multi-dimensional education, helped him discover a whole new world of career options.

Study in Finland - Dog Sledding

Study Abroad in Finland

“When I was a freshman, studying abroad wasn’t something I thought I was capable of doing….it’s not as scary as you think!” During her study-abroad experience in Finland, Katie Swenson collected amazing memories, including dog sledding, swimming in freezing water, and adventuring all across Europe.


A Way to Pass the Time

“There’s just something awesome about taking something tattered, torn, used, forgotten – these baseballs that have definitely seen better days, ones that most coaches would just throw away – and just turning them into beautiful pieces of art.”

Sana Camara

Here to Help

Originally from Senegal, Sana Camara has made Kirksville his home for nearly 30 years. Throughout his tenure at Truman, Camara has taught all levels of French courses.


Small Town, Big Opportunities

A talented student from Park Hill South High School in Kansas City, Eric Norfleet describes Kirksville as the best surprise in Missouri.

Gary in a meeting with other executives

Becoming an Executive at 20th Century Fox

Leveraging leadership skills gained while pursuing a passion for languages and global immersion led to meaningful career opportunities for Gary Clubb.

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